Cândida L. Borges

Cândida L. B.

New York, NY
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Lesson Details

Songwriting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In English, Español ou Português! The composition classes are a very fun and practical way to learn and create your songs, as well being inspired by other tunes! Can be based on playing by ear or writing scores and chords. Also, can include some trainings on technique, creativity and composing, to start putting your ideas together to create your own songs or your own arrangement for composers you like! Write your own music and tell your stories!

* Classes in studio in NYC too. Please ask for it by message!

PROGRAM:
- chord progressions
- melodies structures
- style characteristics
- writing lyrics and how to connect with melodies
- choosing chords
- analyzing songs
- Suggesting books for reading and working with
- how to produce and record your songs home


Practicing rhythms, melodies, harmonies, chords, you will develop your musicality and apply everything in your own repertoire. Using apps, videos, tracks, you will have amazing material to follow along, watch references and read your special instructions. Choose to add music theory and harmony, composing to your program if you wish. Special projects in seasons cycles will happen to motivate your study and give you opportunities to show your progress. Working with coaching plan makes your development easier and stronger!

In this class, you will also learn:

• Music Appreciation
• Learn different genres, styles, music from different parts of the world
• Music History & Composer
• Study composers and compare old & new styles
• Interpretation and body movements
• Rhythm practice
• Working on memorizing technique

And beyond music:
• Language Development and Emergent Literacy
• Social and Emotional Development
• Cognition and General Knowledge
• Physical and Motor Development
• Approaches to Learning and Motivation
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Cândida L. teaches

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About

Cândida L. passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Cândida L. delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1997

Write me a message! Piano, voice, ear training, music theory, music history, composition, and song writing in person or online!

I'm a Brazilian musician around 30 years old, MASTER in Piano Performance, Professor at a University in BRAZIL and in the US, also Bachelor in Singing and Composition. I love interacting with classes of piano and Jazz singing, for kids and adults. I have a big repertoire of classical music, pop, musical theater and all the Brazilian songs. Also, the practice can include harmony studies, ear training, improvisation and composition. The concept of my methodology is using creativity, technology and good music to make the students play all the songs they want and develop skills. I can teach in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

PLAY Music - LEARN Music - CREATE Music
Use the piano or voice to play a great variety of songs, from classical to pop, crossing jazz, Brazilian and Latin tunes, american classicals, etc. Using sheets, chords, iPad/iphone, "play by ear", books or just improvising!
Add to your training elements of Music Theory, Harmony, Music History and Ear Training with interactive material online and books.
Creativity!!! Jam every class, learn to songwrite, to create your melodies, change chords, write lyrics and produce your songs! Acoustic and digital support, many tools to express your ideas, kids to adults!


FOR ONLINE CLASSES, I developed a great structure working with your ipad/ tablet, Skype and more, to work everywhere in the world. Ask me more about it!
See you soon!

ABOUT THE CLASSES:
I recommend starting with an online or in studio classes of 30 minutes. Ask me how and I help you setting everything for an amazing, affordable and comfortable class!
In home classes, minimum legth of 45min.
Want a longer class, double or mixed subjects like piano and singing? Let me know!
I can also work in groups, so invite your friends and family!

Any doubt or special case? Write me a message! I'll be happy to consider your request!

Las clases también pueden ser en ESPAÑOL y con el repertorio latino!

Ou se preferir, com a alegria de se falar PORTUGUÊS em aula!

FROM MY WEBSITE:

Professor Cândida L. Borges is an inspiring world class musician, classically trained and rooted in Brazilian culture. Her artistic work mixes folkloric music, bossa nova, pop, latin and african music, jazz, and all styles of world music. After 15 years teaching in a University in Brazil and in the United States, now she created a program in which she offers her experience as a music educator for all ages music students and from all over the world. Master in Piano Performance, Bachelor also in singing, composition, studies in music production and electronic music, sound therapy, special needs and coaching, Professor Borges is a true educator and artist.

Her methodology consists of modern approach to music education and music therapy, that connects creativity, repertoire, technology and skill development. Choose your subject: piano, keyboard, jazz voice and singing, music theory, ear training, harmony, songwriting.

Also, engage in a warm community that shares music, shows, meetings and encouragement!

LANGUAGE

You choose to learn in Portuguese, Spanish or English. Practice music and a new language at the same time.

REPERTOIRE

Huge possibilities, many styles. Expertise on classical, Brazilian and Latin jazz, pop. Do what you like!

BACKGROUND

Ms. Borges combines her formal academic studies in University as an artist and educator with studies and certifications in Dalcroze, Linklater, improvisation, circle singing, music production, technology and specially her experience in studios and playing with musicians all over America. Special call to “O Passo” – a Brazilian methodology on rhythm and pitch, connecting body and voice to learn music, performance and reading. Fantastic!

ONLINE LESSONS

You can connect by Skype or you can also choose to use FaceTime or Google Hangout. There are easy instructions that you receive to make sure you are all set to start. You have the chance to record your class and you will receive a link with all the material we use in class. In tour or local, classes must go on!

IN NEW YORK

If you are in New York Area, come for class in one of the studios. We are at midtown west, in great locations and professional studios.

PRICES

Prices starts at $30 for 30 minutes online lessons. You can choose between 30, 45, 60 and 90 minutes lessons. Combo choices of more than 1 subject – you can combine piano and singing, or singing and songwriting for example.

SPECIAL PROJECTS AND COMMUNITY

You will start making part of our special projects, that include shows, concerts, events, CDs, month challenges, gifts, and other surprises. Touring different cities, you will make part of a community that gets together to watch shows, to perform and to travel – our performances happen in different cities, including New York and Rio de Janeiro! If you are looking to explore the world, might be a good opportunity!

Once you sign up, you will be connected to our links.

Check my reviews and join us today!

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Experience

Music Professor
Jan 2016 - Present
Montclair State University

Ear Training Professor
Apr 2009 - Present
Rio de Janeiro's Federal University

Performance
Apr 2009 - Present
Rio de Janeiro's Federal University

Singing Teacher
Jan 2000 - Present
Private classes

Working with different techniques for voice, including:
- LInklater
- Jeanie Lovetri - Somatic Voicework
- O passo (for rhythm)
- Alexander technique

Piano Teacher
Jan 1997 - Present
Private classes

Education

O passo - music and education
Mar 2015 - Present
O passo - Rio de Janeiro
Linklater -
Jul 2013 - Present
The Linklater Center - NYC
Electronic Music
Jul 2013 - Present
Dubspot
Jazz
Apr 2013 - Present
Barry Harris Workshops
Electronic Music Production
Apr 2013 - Jul 2013
SAE Institue - NYC - Sound and Audio Engineering Institute
Master in Music - Piano performance
Jan 2002 - Jan 2005
UFRJ - National School of Music - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bachelor in Composition
Mar 2000 - Dec 2004
UFRJ - National School of Music - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bachelor in Singing
Mar 1999 - Dec 2001
UFRJ - National School of Music - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bachelor in Music - Piano
Mar 1997 - Dec 2000
UFRJ - National School of Music - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Portuguese
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Master Avatar
Jul 2014
Star's Edge

Avatar, Master, Pro and Wizard Courses for personal and professional development.

Awards

Immigrant Artist
Jun 2014
NYFA - New York Foundation of the Arts
Artist in International Residency
Jan 2013
National Foundation of Arts (Brazil)

Affiliations

Dalcroze Society of America
Jan 2016

Based on the artistic and pedagogical principles of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, the Dalcroze approach teaches an understanding of music's fundamental concepts, expressive meanings, and deep connections to other arts and activities. Performers, teachers, dancers, actors, children, and senior citizens can all benefit from this approach which incorporates rhythmic movement, aural training and improvisation.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2015

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Opera America
Jan 2014

OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: Creation: Artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; Presentation: Opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; Enjoyment: Education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation.

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Voice and EDM work for Touch of Class Records.
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27 Reviews

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Divya Oct 5, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Great first lesson!! It was very organized and I loved going over in detail the song I picked. Thanks Candida! Looking forward to the next.

Tamesha Morris Sep 6, 2017
Singing · Online

She is the most helpful teacher ever

Tamesha Morris Sep 2, 2017
Singing · Online

very positive, helped me up front I'm happy to be seeing her again

Julien C. Jul 10, 2017
Singing · In home

super nice, knowledgable, and helpful! Amazing teacher

Michael Cunningham May 10, 2017
Piano · Online

I had my first lesson and I am really excited and encourage. I feel that Candida was genuinely interested in understanding my goals and is committed to helping me achieve them. I also know that she is very well versed in all facets of music and I can learn from her. Time to Practice!

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Raymond S. Mar 16, 2017
Singing · Online

Candida is a great teacher and artist. She does way more than just teaching technique because she does her best to get the artist inside you. Candida helps you discover your inner self and get it out through your voice. She is patient, objective, and very kind. She is by far one of the greatest teachers I've had the chance to work with, not just for music but any subject.
I highly recommend Candida, and I'm looking forward to continuing my music education with her.

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Waldemar G. Mar 2, 2017
Piano · In home

Candida is the best music instructor I've ever had! She is always well prepared, understanding, very knowledgeable, and extremely technologically proficient. Her effervescence and energetic exuberance both relaxes and motivates you. She is a professional performer and a master teacher, and combines all of these great qualities into a great productive learning experience. I recommend her without reservation if you love music and want to have a great learning experience!

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Saar T. Feb 22, 2017
Classical Piano · In home

Candida is exactly what I was looking for.

She understood what I needed and helped me to obtain the confidence I needed as well.

Highly recommended !

Daelene Feb 20, 2017
Singing · Online

Cândida is amazing, and made me feel very comfortable on my first lesson. She has a great spirit, and is extremely helpful!

Maribel L. Jan 23, 2017
Singing · In home

Sorry I wanted to give the 5 stars, it was an error before.
She is amazing, I regret not having still enough time to take lessons with her for myself!

Alexandra Jan 16, 2017
Singing · Online

I've already written a review for Candida, but that one was rather rushed and I think it doesn't do her justice. She is an incredible teacher and has such a bright personality. She works methodically on the technique and explains all the physical workings of the voice and how it's connected to the whole body, there's a lot of foundational work which I think is very important. But at the same time she lets you choose the songs to work on; and I think learning to properly sing things you really enjoy is the greatest motivation. She's discovered a voice in me that I never knew I had. Today before our lesson I was tired and feeling a bit lost - everyone has those days I think. 45 minutes later, I'm feeling fresh and inspired.

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Alexandra Dec 12, 2016
Singing · Online

Candida is a knowledgeable and passionate tutor; I love the apps we use for the lessons and homework. It's only been two lessons but I'm definitely feeling improvements in my singing. I study Afro-Cuban percussion so for me the fact that Candida speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is at home with Latin music styles is a huge plus as well!

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Greg Emerson Nov 24, 2016
Vocal Training · Online

Candida brings a wide range of expertise, from pedagogy to performance, to her instruction. She is patient, encouraging and communicates well. Highly recommended!

Anouk S. Nov 23, 2016
Singing · Online

It has been a pleasure to meet Candida she is very warm and bright and very knowledgeable. First session went just right. All she pointed out was exactly right!
Love her physical approach to expand and relax my daughter singing.
Thank you Candida! Looking forward to work more with you.

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Francisco Mussnich May 30, 2016
Piano · Online

Cândida is a very talented and dedicated musician. She clearly also has a passion for teaching since she takes great pleasure in helping students discover and develop their full potential. Simply put, she combines the perfect skills for an effective learning experience. I highly recommend her for anyone who loves music.
On a more personal note, a bit of how I met Cândida. I first started playing piano a long time ago but, after a couple of years, quit and never tried again. I had been willing to get back to classes for a while but hesitated several times. Cândida played a central role in encouraging me to do that and making me comfortable in this new beginning. Our connection was immediate and I have been taking lessons with her since then. During this time, it has also been very inspiring to learn from such a young yet experienced musician. Her method is very practical: although it is naturally easier to interact in in-presence, her Skype lessons really work. She has also been very flexible with regards to schedule. And, most importantly, always welcomes you to class with a bright Brazilian smile.
Again, could not recommend her more! Enjoy!

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Olivia S. May 30, 2016
Jazz Voice · In studio

I was very fortunate to find Candida as a teacher. She understands what I want to do with my voice. Having a Brazilian multilingual teacher is great because (I am also a Brazilian) I have the opportunity to sing in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and English!

I have been studying with Candida since March in a studio in Manhattan and now I have lessons on line while I am in Italy for three months, which is a great way to continue my lessons while I am abroad.

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Ayah A. Mar 19, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

My daughter is writing her own songs. She is finding confidence in her voice. She is interested in playing piano. She is six. Thank you Cândida!

Rosaura A. Dec 14, 2015
Singing · Online

Cândida is fabulous! My 12 year old daughter really enjoys Cândida's lessons! The skype resource really works!

Zaida R. Dec 10, 2015
Composition · Online

This review is after my first lesson. What I like about her is that she is structured and unstructured when need be. Meaning, we will be using a book but I can ask any question I want. Am looking forward to many more lessons with her.

G B. Nov 12, 2015
Jazz Voice · In studio

I am so happy and lucky to have found Candida. She is equally an extraordinarily gifted musician as she is a teacher. Candida has targeted exactly what I need to work on and has given me many tools with which to work. She is so warm and makes the lesson so comfortable and fun. Candida is such a talent and I look forward to our next lesson!

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Winnie L. Nov 6, 2015
Piano · In studio

Great experience with Candida!

Maycon A. Aug 24, 2015
Piano · In studio

She is a real piano teacher! Very happy with the first class.

agatha S. May 27, 2015
Piano · In home

Cândida is a great teacher! We've been mixing trainings on piano and singing, and I love the songs she proposes. I'm myself very interested in Brazilian music! Love the classes!

Sergio P. May 20, 2015
Singing · Online

Candida is an incredible teacher. Her lessons are well structured and tailored to my daughter's need. Candida brings motivation to my daughter as she looks forward to her lessons.
So glad we have come across Candida.

Rafael V. May 1, 2015
Singing · In studio

Candida is an excellent teacher. She works you hard, but at the same time she makes it a lot of fun. I have only taken three lessons, but already I am sounding better and my confidence has increased tenfold. Thank you, Candida.

Elois L. Apr 20, 2015
Singing · In studio

It's only the first lesson but I had a very good impression of her and a nice felling when seing her with my 3,5 years old Daughter

Waldemar G. Feb 11, 2015
Piano · In home

Candida is the greatest. She is a knowledgeable professional and is very understanding and patient in her approach. She also "keeps it moving" providing feedback continuously with her questions and precise observations ( I am a retired school administrator and school principal ). If you want to learn the piano and have a lot of fun while doing it choose Candida. Of course I won't let you take my instruction time with her away from me.

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